Then something weird happened cuz, well.. it's diabetes. I don't expect anything less than weird.
It's 10pm, my temp basal finished about 2 hours before (so that it would be out of my system by 10'ish). I hadn't eaten much all day from the highs. I wanted to eat and was going for some beans and veggies. Chickpeas to be exact and I love them so I was eating a lot. There are a lot of carbs in chickpeas so I bolused for a decent amount. I wasn't afraid to take the whole bolus because I had been high for days with very little relief.
15 minutes later and I had eaten the majority of my beans and veggies when I noticed my properties were melting. I was sitting down and my knees felt hollow and tingly. My breath increased and I could feel my head falling over as if not even attached to my neck. I was breaking. I was in the middle of a Facebook conversation with a good friend (Hi Shelly!). At which point I had to explain briefly for her to bear with me. For the record, this friend doesn't know very much about diabetes so she was growing concerned.
I didn't have much time and I knew it. I pulled myself together and went to my low cupboard.
Picture taken after I recovered. My low cupboard is in complete disarray due to the fact that I'm in the middle of moving right now. Plus, for some reason, I keep all my glucose tabs etc in a different place.
My stomach was upset because I was going low during eating and was quite full. Juice? no, not enough room in my belly. Glucose tablets? Fruit chews? Rockets? No, No, NO! they all require eating and room and OMG I'm going to fall over right here on my kitchen tiles. Think quick Scully, don't be an ass. Glucose... glucose tablets... I don't have any Glucolift left and the thought of regular dex tabs made my stomach turn. Think, Think... honey? syrup? *GAG* no thanks. Well don't just sit there, DO SOMETHING! time is-a-tickin' you little idiot. How much time has passed? Maybe 20 seconds? I have a minute or two more before I collapse and I know it. I look at my CGM and wonder how the hell?! It hasn't even been 15 minutes. The insulin I just took can't possibly be working already. GLUCOSE GEL! I saunter off to my bedroom closet where I keep the Dex4 glucose gels. I use these when I can't stomach anything else and when I know I need something to work faster than anything else. *DING* Oh hey look, there's that weird gel I got when I visited the D-camp. Let's try that!
Side note: Never try something for the first time when the low is that bad.
OMG, one teeny tiny little bit in my mouth and I nearly lost my beans. I can tolerate almost anything but THAT was the most fetid crap. Simply putrid. Down goes the Dex4 in about a nanosecond. Like.A.Pro!
Sitting on the couch waiting. Nasty glucose gel vs. tolerable Dex.
waiting.... waiting.... waiting.... It feels like I'm waiting forever. It's been all of 5 minutes but in hypo land that's like an eternity. I can feel the life coming back into my body. The terror and fear start to subside. The nausea kicks up a notch as it often does coming out of a low that bad.
And now? well, I'm sure once those carby chickpeas hit my system I'll be chasing highs all night long.
*afterthought* I didn't chase highs all night. Thankfully!
I hate living alone sometimes when stuff like this happens. I had to think fast on my feet. Minutes were mere moments in a bad hypo world. I had a LOT of insulin that had just been injected into my body that started working in record time. I don't even know how that's possible. That feeling when sugar is out of reach and you don't know exactly how long you have before - who knows what - is evil.